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About one o'clock this morning, the Mob went to the Fleet Prison, and demanded the gates to be opened, which the keepers were obliged to do, or they would have set fire to it. They were then proceeding to demolish the prison, but the prisoners expoftulating with them, and begging that they would give them time to remove their goods, they readily condescended, and
them a day for that purpose, in consequence of which the prisoners were removing all this day out of that place : some of the prisoners were in for life.
This day between two and three o'clock, a large detachment of the military, marched to the Bank, fome of which were posted in the yard, and the rest, horse and foot, guarded the outside, both in Threadneedle-Street, and Bartholomew . Lane, when all was quiet till about eight o'clock, at which time a large body of the Mob, after having destroyed the furniture, and part of the house of Mr. Mollineux, pastry-cook, in Cornhill, adjourned to the Bank, where growing outrageous, the soldiery fired, on which they retired, but returning about ten o'clock, were again fired on, and what was very astonishing, but four or five were killed, and three wounded.
Two public houses in Long Lane, Southwark, the one the Sign of Simon the Tanner, and
the other the ship, were both set on fire, with design, as was said, of opening an avenue to a part of the New Gaol,
A Court of Common Council was held this night, when the Lord Mayor acquainted them, That the cause of calling them together was the Riots and Tumults existing in the City, desiring to have their advice therein. The King's Proclamation, and several letters from the Secretaries of State were read. The Court unanimously came to the following Resolutions : That the Sheriffs of London be desired to raise the Poffe Comitatus immediately, and to pursue with the Lord Mayor and other Magistrates of this City, the most effectual legal means for restoring the public peace. That the thanks of the Court, be given to the Military Affociation, for the offer of their services to restore the peace of this City, and that it be recommended to the Sheriffs of this City, to accept of their offer. That the Sheriffs of London be requested to take the military force under their command, and endeavour to particularly protect the Mansionhouse, Guildhall, Bank of England, or any other place that is in danger. That the thanks of this Court be given to the officers of the Militia of the City of London, for the voluntary offer of their services, and that they be requested
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to put themselves under the direction of the Sheriffs of London.
The Sheriffs of London, waited on his Majesty at the Queen's House, with a message from the Lord Mayor, defiring f:irther affiftance of troops to protect the public buildings as well as the property of individuals from the fury of the Rioters,
About seven o'clock, the Privy Council issued an ediet for putting the Cities of London and Westminster under Martial Law, and Lord Amherst, as Commander in Chief, received orders to make such a disposition of the military, as seemed most conducive to put an end to the present alarming insurrection.
This morning, upwards of five hundred soldiers were placed all day in Guildhall, to be in readiness, should any attempt be made upon the Bank, which was much talked of, and so apprehensive was the Governor of the Tower, of an attempt being made to plunder that grand arsenal of stores, that he ordered every necessary precaution to be taken to prevent a measure, which would be attended with such fatal consequences.
A prodigious number of soldiers were stationed at the Mansion-House, and parts adjacent; the populace from Cheapfide attempting to pass towards Cornhill, were desired to desist; which they
They were escorted to Newgate, about four o'clock on Monday, by a detachment of foot guards.
The Court of Aldermen met this day at Guildhall at nine o'clock, to consider what necessary steps were proper to be taken to put a stop to the riots and difturbances that had been in Ropemakers Alley, Moorfields; the Lord Mayor having received two letters from Lord Stormont and Lord Hillsborough, Secretaries of State, concerning thereof, and the Aldermen having overnight been desired to require the attendance of their peace officers at Guildhall, on Tuesday morning, at nine o'clock. The two Marshals were directed to divide their constables, and send 100 to Ropemakers-Alley, relieving them every fix hours, till further orders, and to station the others in proper places; and the Court recommended it to the Lord Mayor to take the most effectual method to prevent any riots or tumults within this City, as his Lordship should think proper, and then broke up.
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The recmea of the gunds, murita man, and all his Marty's domestics : St. James's, and the Queen's Palace, were, by the King's orders, to be on duty all night, and furnithed with arous to repel any attempt of violence.
Summonses were ilued for a Council to be held as last night at St. James's Palace.